PNNL recognized for commercializing technology

RICHLAND, Wash The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been recognized for transferring technologies that treat and cure cancer, uniquely analyze massive sets of data, neutralize toxic chemicals from the environment and increase surgical implant success rates.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium announced today that it is honoring PNNL with four 2006 Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards for the laboratory's development and commercialization of bioactive thin-film coatings for surgical implants, a brachytherapy seed cancer treatment process, Starlight information visualization system software, and SAMMS, a process for removing mercury and other toxic chemicals from the environment.

Bioactive thin-film coatings for surgical implants

A water-based thin-film calcium-phosphate technology developed by PNNL will soon enhance bone bonding and reduce the body's chance for post-surgical infection and implant rejection. The technology was licensed in 2004 to Bacterin, of Belgrade, Mont., and is ready for commercial application. Bacterin is a medical device testing facility for medical implant manufacturers and has FDA approval for applying the thin-film coating to medical devices for orthopedic and medical implants.

Brachytherapy cancer treatment seed

The brachytherapy seed cancer treatment process uses cesium-131, a radioactive isotope, to effectively and quickly provide a cancer-killing dose to a tumor. Through collaboration with PNNL researchers and access to the laboratory's facilities, IsoRay Medical, Inc., of Richland, Wash., expanded its cancer therapy technology for treating prostate and other cancers. The cesium-131 brachytherapy technology was patented in 2000 and therapy is currently available at more than 17 implant centers across the United States.

Starlight visualization software solves super-sized data analysis challenges

Starlight is being used by nearly

Contact: Peter Bengtson
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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